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Rachel Kelly © Gerard Collett
Manchester

A steller Damnation de Faust in Manchester

By , 10 February 2019
*****
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Natalya Romaniw (Mimì) © Robert Workman
London

A house debut to savour: Natalya Romaniw soars in revival of ENO's Bohème

By , 26 November 2018
****1
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Allison Cook (Salome) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

By , 28 September 2018
**111
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Camilla Tilling © Camilla Greenwell | Philharmonia Orchestra
London

A thrilling Gurrelieder from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 28 June 2018
****1
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John Irvin (Almaviva) and the Grange Chorus © Simon Annand
Alresford

Ludicrous, but brilliant: The Barber of Seville at The Grange Festival

By , 09 June 2018
****1
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elizabeth) and Leigh Melrose (Cecil) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

The vindication of a neglected masterpiece: a landmark Gloriana at the Teatro Real

By , 14 April 2018
*****
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Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires at Covent Garden

By , 14 February 2018
**111
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Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Gateshead

Lars Vogt and RNS deliver Bach’s Christmas message of peace and joy

By , 16 December 2017
****1
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Dmytro Popov (Rodolfo) and Angel Blue (Mimì) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Angel Blue impresses in her Met debut in an enthralling Bohème

By , 06 October 2017
***11
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Ricarda Merbeth and Stuart Skelton © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 9: Refined beauty in Beethoven's Fidelio

By , 21 July 2017
***11
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Heidi Stober (Semele) © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

All that glitters: Miskimmon's hyperactive Semele opens Garsington’s season

By , 01 June 2017
***11
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Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) and Clive Bayley (Dansker) © Javier del Real | Teatro del Real
Madrid

Deborah Warner's new Billy Budd sets a new standard in Madrid

By , 03 February 2017
****1
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Seattle

Elgar's Dream a transformative experience at Seattle Symphony

By , 03 December 2016
****1
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James Morris (Dr. Schön), Brenda Rae (Lulu) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Dramatic intensity, risk of sensory overload: ENO's Lulu

By , 09 November 2016
***11
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Matthew Rose (Bottom) and Kathleen Kim (Tytania) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Enchanted Wood: dream of a Dream at Glyndebourne

By , 11 August 2016
*****
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Jacques Imbrailo and Ellie Laugharne © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Classical Opera's Don Giovanni: a masterclass in concert performance

By , 17 June 2016
****1
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Enea Scala and Daniela Barcellona © Russell Duncan
London

Where Bellini started: Opera Rara's Adelson e Salvini

By , 11 May 2016
***11
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David Soar and Sir Andrew Davis © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Magical revelations: Andrew Davis and BBC Symphony forces cast a spell in Berlioz

By , 22 January 2016
*****
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Anthony Negus © Connaught Artists
London

Das Liebesverbot: A Wagner rarity with no wine, no women and no carnival!

By , 25 October 2015
***11
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Fflur Wyn (Lakmé) and Katie Bray (Mallika) © Robert Workman
London

Shorn of excess exoticism: Ailyn Bozok’s Lakmé at Holland Park

By , 09 July 2015
***11
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Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Carmen) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Sultry, fiery, coquettish: Stéphanie d’Oustrac’s Carmen at Glyndebourne has it all

By , 23 May 2015
****1
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New York City

A welcome reprise of Zeffirelli's La Bohème at the Met

By , 23 September 2014
****1
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London

Terry Gilliam strikes gold for ENO with a riotous Benvenuto Cellini

By , 05 June 2014
*****
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Cardiff

Glitter and black ostrich feathers prevail in WNO's Nabucco

By , 31 May 2014
***11
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Cardiff

Scant Sodom, no Gomorrah, but a riveting Moses und Aron

By , 24 May 2014
*****
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New York City

Glyndebourne's Billy Budd in New York

By , 07 February 2014
*****
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London

Prom 60: Glyndebourne's Billy Budd silences the Albert Hall

By , 27 August 2013
*****
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London

Prom 45: Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage

By , 16 August 2013
*****
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Glyndebourne

Flawless tragedy, almost unbearable: Billy Budd at Glyndebourne

By , 10 August 2013
*****
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London

UK première of Philip Glass' The Perfect American at ENO

By , 01 June 2013
***11
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London

Outstanding Rossini singing from Lucy Crowe in ENO's Barber of Seville

By , 25 February 2013
***11
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New York City

Erwin Schrott stars in the Metropolitan Opera's Don Giovanni

By , 28 November 2012
***11
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Philippe Herreweghe © Michiel Hendrickx
Paris

Les Sept Dernières Paroles d’Herreweghe

By , 16 March 2016
****1
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